Ivy League Applicants

The Ivy League universities are the crème de la crème. These selective universities offer academic excellence, but admission is highly competitive. The Ivy League universities are the following:
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • the University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University
To get into an Ivy League university, you'll need to achieve a top SAT or ACT score.

NCAA Athletes

As a student-athlete, you’ll have to achieve a certain score on the SAT or ACT. But, of course, it’s even better to surpass that score to give you a better chance of acceptance and to boost your chance of getting a scholarship.

You’re busy being the best possible athlete you can be. We’ll help you become the best SAT or ACT student you can be.

Students with learning disabilities

Your Score Booster has worked with numerous students with learning disabilities. We employ special techniques to help such students boost their scores. We’ve also developed material that reinforces the lessons, so students with learning disabilities remember the material for test day.

Students with learning disabilities can get extra time. Your Score Booster also helps students make the best use of the extra time. Please review the material in the links below.

Check here for more information on learning disabilities and the SAT.

Click here for more information on learning disabilities and the ACT.

ESL students, including native Mandarin students

Mandarin and Cantonese have no verb tenses, so students who speak those languages may face difficulty with the writing section of the SAT. Your Score Booster SAT/ACT tutors and SAT classes focus specifically on the type of verb-tense questions that might arise on the SAT/ACT, instead of overwhelming students with an entire background on verb tenses.

We’ve analyzed the test, and we’ll focus only on the key grammar rules that appear on the SAT or ACT.

All students who speak English as a Second Language (ESL) face difficulty with SAT or ACT vocabulary. Your Score Booster employs a myriad of techniques to boost students’ vocabulary.

We recognize that vocabulary is a difficulty not only on the reading section but also on the math section. We’ll teach ESL students math vocabulary such as “vertices.”

For the reading section, we show ESL students techniques to find the main idea of the passage, which helps students better answer the questions.

For the essay, we’ll gradually build you up to a longer and longer essay. Then we’ll help you improve the quality of your essay. And we’ll show how to naturally reveal in your essay that English is not your primary language. (Hint: Don’t just state it directly.)

Students who hit a ceiling at another test preparation company

We call you a “transfer student” if you switched to Your Score Booster after failing to reach your goal score with another tutor or class, or if, despite self-study, you couldn’t reach your goal score.

Remember, you don’t want low SAT or ACT scores sent to universities. Getting the best tutors and material in the Lower Mainland can be worthwhile to boost your chance of getting into a top university.

A friend probably referred you Your Score Booster, or perhaps you found us online. We’d like to clarify what to expect as a transfer student after having tutoring or classes elsewhere.

Sometimes my transfer students never took a diagnostic test before tutoring or a class elsewhere. We insist on such a test to diagnose your shortcomings and to evaluate your progress.

Your previous tutor or class may have merely involved going over test after test. We prefer to teach you lessons — the tips and tricks. We then give you tests to evaluate your progress and hone in on areas we need to reinforce.

We’ll be your SAT / ACT coach.

You’ll hear from us as little or as much as you’d like. Need a push? We’ll text you or e-mail you. We’ll take whatever legitimate steps we can take to help you boost your score.

9th graders and younger

Reading

Your Score Booster will teach you methods that, if followed closely, will help you get the right answer even when you don’t know all the vocabulary words in the question.

Passages

The SAT not only asks students to answer a question but also will require students to find the support for their answer in the passage.

Read a lot. Read fiction (novels) and non-fiction (science, history, biographies, newspaper articles and more.) The more you read, the better you’ll do on the reading section of the SAT / ACT.

Your Score Booster can help you boost your reading comprehension and find the main idea of SAT passages. Then we’ll help you tackle the questions. We’ll show you what the questions mean. (Before lessons, students find that some questions are hard to interpret.) We’ll show you why one question might mention line numbers 20-25 and the answer is, surprisingly, in lines 18-19, while other questions might mention lines 20-25, and that’s exactly where the answer is located. Without this understanding of how to tackle the questions, you cannot boost your reading score dramatically.

Math

You don’t necessarily need to start studying SAT or ACT math this early. You could wait until you learn more math in school. But lessons even in 9th grade or earlier would help. Your Score Booster will teach you  tricks that you could apply to any multiple-choice tests, even the provincial exams, and, of course, the SAT or ACT. You’ll also learn math concepts before learning them in school, so you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Writing

Essay

The essay is optional for the SAT and ACT.

For the essay, the SAT will include some documents, such as the founding documents of the United States of America, and ask students to write an essay relating to those documents.

It can take a long time to develop skills for writing a good SAT essay. Remember that you have just 50 minutes to write your SAT essay, which is unlike your school essays. You need to use a plethora of SAT words to impress the grader, and you must strongly persuade the reader.

For the ACT, you’ll be given three perspectives on the topic, and you’ll need to develop your own perspective on the topic and support your perspective with a well-written essay.

An early start for essay writing can definitely give you an edge.